News for Week of March 23, 2009

03/24/2009
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March 23, 2009: This is a notice of upcoming events, photo opportunities and story ideas at UMass Lowell, compiled by the Office of Public Affairs, 978-934-3224. For more stories about UMass Lowell, visit www.uml.edu and click on “UML in the News.” Please note, contact names below are for the media and are not intended to be published.

Click on the following links to learn what else is going on at UMass Lowell:

Diverse Panel of Alumni Discusses Culture in Careers
Kerouac Writer In Residence Reads at 119 Gallery
Urban Village Arts Series Joins Revolving Museum in ‘Show and Tell’
Robots Go Head-to-Head in New England Botball Competition
Learn How to Photograph the Stars the Easy Way
Discover the Real Charles H. Allen Through Cultural Materials, Paintings
Community Social Psychology Presents ‘Minority Representation in Voting’
‘Sounds of Spring’ Features Students, Alumni, Community Performers
Working Against Gender-Based Violence: Annual Gathering at the Well

Diverse Panel of Alumni Discusses Culture in Careers

When:             Thursday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

What:              A panel of alumni from diverse backgrounds will share their stories of how multicultural environments and history have impacted their career paths, experiences and opportunities. The alumni represent the UMass Lowell College of Engineering, the School of Health and Environment and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Where:            Alumni Hall, UML North, 84 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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Kerouac Writer In Residence Reads at 119 Gallery

When:             Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.

What:              The UMass Lowell Kerouac Writer in Residence Gigi Thibodeau, a faculty member in the English Department, will read from her work at the 119 Gallery. Thibodeau, who teaches classes on poetry, composition and literature, has published several collections of poems and fiction and co-edited “Where the Road Begins,” a 2007 anthology celebrating Kerouac’s “On the Road.”

Where:            Allen House, UML South, Two Solomont Way, Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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Urban Village Arts Series Joins Revolving Museum in ‘Show and Tell’

When:             Friday, March 27, 7 p.m.

What:              The Revolving Museum and the Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) present “The Show and Tell UVAS Fundraiser,” featuring food, art, readings and music by local artists. Featured readers include poet and publisher Paul Marion, UMass Lowell executive director of community relations, university staff member and author Dave Robinson and poet Matt Miller. Co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell Office of Community Relations, the event will raise money for UVAS, which presents shows throughout the year in downtown Lowell.

Where:            Revolving Museum, 22 Shattuck St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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Robots Go Head-to-Head in New England Botball Competition

When:             Saturday, March 28; competitions run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Botfest exhibition from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What:              Witness high-tech, high-energy robotics in the 2009 New England Botball competition. Beginning with a workshop in January, students are taught the basics of robotics and are then given seven weeks to construct their own team of autonomous, competitive robots. Teams from 15 local schools will go head-to-head in this year’s competition. Also on display will be the Botfest robotics exhibition, featuring interactive and creative robotic works from UMass Lowell and K-12 students from Lowell, Lawrence, Boston, Haverhill, Methuen, Westford and Wakefield.

Where:            Cumnock Hall, UML North, 31 University Ave., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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Learn How to Photograph the Stars the Easy Way

When:             Sunday, March 29, 2 to 4 p.m.

What:              You don't need a telescope to capture wide-field shots of the moon, planets and the stars. Husband-and-wife astronomical photographers Imelda B. Joson and Edwin L. Aguirre of UMass Lowell’s Public Affairs Office will show you how you can obtain such celestial portraits using only a camera mounted on a tripod. This presentation is part of the Parker Lecture Series.

Where:            National Park Visitors Center, 246 Market St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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Discover the Real Charles H. Allen Through Cultural Materials, Paintings

When:             Sunday, March 29, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

What:              As the first civil governor of Puerto Rice, a committed imperialist and a republican party activist in the Gilded Age, Lowell native Charles Herbert Allen had a wide range of talents. Prof. Emerita Mary H. Blewett and Asst. Prof. Lisa Edwards of the UMass Lowell History Department will discuss Allen using materials that include a unique Spanish war flag found among Allen’s possessions and a selection of his finest landscape paintings from the Whistler House. An associate of Levi P. Morton, former vice president and powerful Wall Street banker, Allen became president of the American Sugar Company and moved to Manhattan before retiring in 1920. The Chancellor’s Office of UMass Lowell is situated in the former Allen home on Solomont Way on the university’s South Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Where:            Allen House, UML South, Two Solomont Way., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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Community Social Psychology Presents ‘Minority Representation in Voting’

When:             Tuesday, March 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

What:              Victoria Fahlberg of ONE Lowell will present “Minority Representation in Voting” in one of six discussions sponsored by the UMass Lowell graduate program in community social psychology. Each evening in the series focuses on a specific community issue, with the goal of discussing practical resolutions with the audience. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Where:            Coburn Hall, Room 205, UML South, 850 Broadway St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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‘Sounds of Spring’ Concert Features Students, Alumni, Community Performers

When:             Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.

What:              The Music Department showcases the many talented university musicians while raising money for music scholarships at the “Sounds of Spring” concert. Performers include more than 170 students, community members, alumni and faculty. All proceeds from ticket sales will support music scholarships. Students can attend the concert for free with advance tickets from Student Activities.

Where:           Durgin Hall, UML South, 35 Wilder St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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Working Against Gender-Based Violence: 11th Annual Gathering at the Well Forum

When:             Thursday, April 2, 8:30 a.m.

What:              The UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work hosts its 11th annual forum: “Working Against Gender Based Violence: Coordinating Community Change.” The keynote speaker is Rebecca Campbell, associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University and an expert in violence against women, women's health social policy and ecological theory. A light lunch will follow the event suggested donation is $25.

Where:           Wannalancit Mill Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell

Contacts for Media:    Morgan Hough, Public Affairs, 978-934-1912 or Morgan_Hough@uml.edu; Christine Gillette, Public Affairs, 978-934-2209 or Christine_Gillette@uml.edu 

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For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224